Cannabis Production Income in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that Afghanistan is the largest producer of hashish in the world, producing between 1,500 to 3,500 metric tons of hashish per year. Cannabis production earns Afghan farmers a higher net income when compared to opium. An Afghan farmer can earn up to $3,341 per hectare growing cannabis compared to $2,005 per hectare growing opium. The difference in costs is due to lower labor costs involved in growing cannabis.

Drug Smuggling Seizures on the US-Canada Border in 2009

Drug trafficking on the border between Canada and the United States lead to US authorities seizing 3,423 kilo of marijuana in 2009, a 22 percent increase from the 2,792 kilos of marijuana seized in 2007. Ecstasy seizures was also up from previous years, with 2,167,238 dosage units of ecstasy seized in 2009, up 6 times from the 312,389 dosage units of ecstasy seized in 2004.